As consumers become more environmentally conscious, companies are popping up all over the country to help people embrace new green alternatives to their daily habits. One such company is EarthBaby, based in San Francisco. The business, according to an article in the Pioneer Press, collects nearly 11,000 pounds of biodegradable diapers each week for composting. Other similar businesses have emerged around the country, including Do Good Diapers in Twin Cities, Minnesota.
In addition to the logistical and regulatory concerns of composting diapers, some are wondering whether it is really worth the effort when many other readily recyclable and compostable materials continue to be landfilled in far greater quantities.
CAW Board Member and past President of the U.S. Composting Council, Matt Cotton, stated:
"In a perfect world, sure, all diapers would be composted. But if I was a municipality, and if I was going to focus on one thing, I wouldn't focus on diapers. I'd get a bigger bang for my buck by collecting food waste."
Those concerned with the environmental impacts of using diapers should consider using reusable cloth diapers, which have have a lower environmental footprint than disposable options and are readily available across the country.
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